Pumpkin farms abound in western suburbs
By Annie Alleman For Sun-Times Media September 22, 2011 10:02AM
Pumpkin fests abound at this time of year. | File photo
Updated: November 30, 2011 12:36AM
If you’re like Linus and are searching for your own Great Pumpkin, or if you’re simply in the market for some nice fall fun, there’s an abundance of pumpkin farms in the area.
Most farms offer more than just the perfect Halloween jack o’ lantern; they help families make a day of it with hayrides, corn mazes and other themed activities.
Make sure you check the web site for coupons, discount days and other rules and regulations.
Abbey Farms of Marmion Abbey: 850 Butterfield Road, Aurora. (630) 897-6936. abbeyfarms.org. Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 12 to 6 p.m. Sunday to Oct. 30. One price includes a you-pick pumpkin patch, 10-acre corn maze, child-sized hay bale maze, hayrides, Big wheel race track, wagon rides, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, bouncers and herb garden. New this year is an adventure course, Go-Kart pedal track, seasonal store and gaming zone. $8 adults; $3 seniors; under 2 free. Cash or check only.
All Seasons Apple Orchard: 14510 IL Route 176, Woodstock. (815) 338-5637. allseasonsorchard.com. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends to Oct. 31. A hayride gets you to the pumpkin patch. Other activities include a farm market, corn maze, jumping pillow, pony rides, petting zoo, cow train and pumpkin blaster. $8/ages 3 and up, $3/seniors 66 and over weekends and $5/ages 3 and up, $3 for seniors Monday to Friday.
Anderson Produce: 251 Montgomery Road, Montgomery. (630) 896-8835. Open 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily to Oct. 31. Fall activities include pumpkin patch, pre-picked produce, a small straw maze and hayrides the last three weekends in October.
Bengtson’s Pumpkin Farm: 13341 W. 151st St., Homer Glen. (708) 301-3276. pumpkinfarm.com. Open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily Oct. 1 to 30. New for 2011 are lower admission prices and more days of unlimited kiddie rides. Also new are a playground and a 90-foot mega fun slide. Other attractions include hayrides, a haunted barn and fun barn, pig races, petting zoo, pony rides, corn maze, pumpkin launcher, Halloween shop, rides, animatronic chickens, skeleton band, pumpkin patch and food. $12.99 adults and $10.99 kids ages 3 to 10.
Butterprint Farm Pumpkin Patch: 24936 S. 80th Ave., Monee. (708) 534-8801. butterprintfarms.com. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends Oct. 1 to 30. School group programs are available by reservation on weekdays. On the weekends, activities include duck races, puppets, corn cracking and processing, nature trails, barrel car rides, face painting, petting zoo, rope making, prairie museum, a scarecrow corn maze and hayrides to the pumpkin patch. $9/adults; $6/children 3 and over. No credit or debit cards.
Dave’s Pumpkins: 9112 Algonquin Road, Huntley, (847) 217-7767. davespumpkins.com. Open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily Sept. 24 to Oct. 31. Roadside market with pumpkins, gourds, squash, and fall decorations. $5 per pumpkin, any size. Small broom corn maze. Hay rides 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays.
Didier Farms: 16678 W. Aptakisic Road, Prairie View-Lincolnshire. (847) 634-3291. didierfarms.com. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends Sept. 24 to Oct. 31. Includes pumpkin patch, corn maze and straw bale maze, petting zoo, pony rides, pig bin, hay rides, Scarecrow Alley, sunshine crafts, inflatable pumpkin, kiddie rides, Halloween shop, cafe and tractor rides. Free admission on weekends; activities individually priced. Check Web site for prices and wristband specials.
Dollinger Family Farm: 7502 E. Hansel Road, Channahon. (815) 467-6766. dollingerfarms.com. Open 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily Sept. 24 to Oct. 30. Pick your own pumpkins, corn maze, petting zoo, horse-drawn hay rides, train rides, farm playground, haunted barn and autumn vegetables. Free admission, activities cost extra. Also home to Abyss Haunted House.
Garden Patch Farms & Orchard: 14154 W. 159th St., Homer Glen. (708) 301-7720. gardenpatchorchard.com. Open daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through December. Includes Halloween bounce house, fall decorations, pick-your-own pumpkins and roadside market.
Goebbert’s Pumpkin Farm: 40 W. Higgins Road, South Barrington. (847) 428-6727. And 42W813 Reinking Road, Hampshire. (847) 464-5952. pumpkinfarms.com. Attractions and café open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily Sept. 24 through Oct. 31. Two locations offer pumpkins, sweet shop, fall harvest market and decorations, corn maze, straw town maze, Animal Land, wagon rides, pony rides, camel rides (Barrington only), 3-D haunted mine (Hampshire only), haunted house, weekend pig race and Goebbert’s Pumpkin Express train (Hampshire only). Free; activities cost extra.
Harms Farm Garden Center: 4727 W. Crystal Lake Road, McHenry. (815) 385-5385. harmsfarmandgarden.com. Open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends Oct. 1 to 31. Includes pumpkins and other fall harvest vegetables, pumpkin train, bounce house, fun house, spook house, corn maze, petting zoo, Nessie’s Nest, haunted walk.
Haunted Harvest of Lambs Farm: I-94 and Route 176 in Libertyville. (847) 990-3761. lambsfarm.org. Open from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturdays Oct. 8 to 29. The Haunted Harvest features the train of terror and also includes graveyard golf, a creature walk, an enchanted carousel and a pumpkin patch. The pumpkin patch is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A nightly pass costs $15 (kids 3 and under free) or activities are individually priced.
Heap’s Giant Pumpkin Farm: 4853 Route 52, Minooka. (815) 475-7373. heapsgiantpumpkinfarm.com. Open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily to Oct. 31. There are more than 90 varieties of pumpkins spread over 30 acres, including giant pumpkins that tip the scales at 150-plus pounds. In addition, there are hay rides, a haunted corn maze open weekends at 7 p.m., soybean maze, moonlight hay rides, kiddie corn box, giant corn maze, concessions, animals and fall plants. Free; activities cost extra.
Honey Hill Orchard: 11747 Waterman Road, Waterman. (815) 264-3337. honeyhillorchards.com. Open 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily to Oct. 31. You-pick closes at 5 p.m. Pick your own pumpkins, apples, squash, gourds. Includes petting zoo, straw maze and wagon rides on weekends. Pumpkin Harvest Weekend is Oct. 7 to 10.
Johansen Farms: 710 W. Boughton Road, Bolingbrook. (630) 759-8711. johansenfarms.com. Open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily to Oct. 31. Activities include a large petting zoo with chickens, pigs, ducks, goats and rabbits; hayrides, train rides and pre-picked pumpkins. Pony rides, an inflatable castle and air slides available on weekends. $7.50 weekdays; $10.50 weekends and Columbus Day. Children 23 months and under free.
Jonamac Orchard, Inc.: 19412 Shabbona Road, Malta. (815) 825-2158. jonamacorchard.com. Open 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 24 to Oct. 31. Includes pumpkin patch, barn yard, corn maze, haunted corn maze, tube slide, jumping pillow. Activities cost extra.
Keller’s Farmstand: 2500 Johnson Road, Oswego. (630) 554-1325. kellersfarmstand.com. Open 12 to 6 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends to Oct. 30. Includes pick-your-own pumpkins, giant corn maze on the weekends, cornstalks, gourds, seasonal vegetables, wagon rides and petting farm. $6; kids 3 and under free. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Konow’s Corn Maze: 16849 S. Cedar Road, Homer Glen. (708) 301-8845. konowscornmaze.com. Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily Sept. 24 to Oct. 30. Activities include a 3.5-mile corn maze, pedal tractor track, indoor playland, mechanical bull rides, a kiddie corn maze, pumpkins, hayrides, petting zoo, straw bale playground, corn pit, cornfield bouncer, tricycle track, jumping pillow, cow train, concession stand and fall decorations. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult in the maze. $9; kids 2 and under free.
Kroll’s Fall Harvest Farm: 13236 W. Townline Road, Waukegan. (847) 662-5733. krollsfarm.com. Open 12 to 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 12 to 11 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sat.; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday to Nov. 6. Includes pumpkins, gourds, fall harvest decorations, hayrides, corn maze, farm animals, picnic area, bonfires and school tours. Free; activities extra. Cash only.
Kuipers Farm: 1N318 Watson Road, Maple Park. (815) 827-5200. kuipersfamilyfarm.com. Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday; closed Mondays (except Columbus Day) to Oct. 30. Includes pony rides, farm animals, hayrides, a corn maze, jumping pillow, train rides, pumpkin patch, cornstalk tunnel, tractor derby, haunted forest, fall decorations, playground and a refreshment stand. $8.75 weekdays, $11.75 weekends and Columbus Day. $5 seniors 65 and older. Children 2 and under free. Rides cost extra on weekends and holidays.
Larson’s Family Farm: 4404 Somonauk Road, Sandwich. (815) 786-2249. larsonfamilyfarm.com. Open in October; call for hours. Fall activities include hayrides to the pumpkin patch, gift shop, animals, old-time playground, enchanted woods and spooky cemetery. Open for school tours and private parties. Free; activities cost extra.
Norton’s Produce: 39W369 Illinois Highway 64, St. Charles. (630) 377-8118. nortonsproduce.com. Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Includes hayride to the pumpkin patch on Oct. 15 to 16 and 22 to 23 only. The Norton Hollow playground is for children ages 2 to 10, and includes straw mazes, corn bundle tunnel, animals, a straw mountain and other activities. Admission to farm free; $3 to Norton Hollow.
Randy’s Vegetables: 15N440 Randall Road, Sleepy Hollow. (847) 428-5244. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily; fall festival includes carnival, corn maze, pumpkins, pony rides, concessions, fall decorations and horse-drawn wagon rides weekends only through Oct. 30 and Columbus Day. Free; activities extra. No checks.
Settlers Pond: 1301 E. Offner Road, Beecher. (708) 946-2448. settlerspondshelter.net. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 24 to Oct. 31. Pick your own pumpkins, straw maze, corn maze, petting zoo, rides, bounce houses, mining camp, playground, general store, two spooky graveyards and haunted corn maze open at night. Adults $6; kids 2-14 $4; kids under 2 free. Rides extra.
Siegel’s Cottonwood Farms: 17250 S. Weber Road, Crest Hill. (800) 304-3276. ourpumpkinfarm.com. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily Sept. 24 to Oct. 31. Activities include a climbing wall, two corn mazes, three playlands, kiddie tractor maze, dwarf slide, giant slide, pumpkin patch moonwalk, haunted barn, petting zoo, kiddie train, ghost town railroad, spooky spiral, gem mine, pony rides (weekends), café, Halloween shop and Statesville Haunted Prison haunted house. $12; kids 2 and under free weekdays; $14 weekends and Columbus Day. Online ticket purchasing available.
Sonny Acres Farm: 29W310 North Ave., West Chicago. (630) 231-3859. sonnyacres.com. Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily Sept. 24 to Oct. 31. Includes pumpkins, spook shed, Dizzy Zone, Kiddie Koral, hayrides, costume shop, hay maze, train and pony rides and giant slide. Haunted barn open later on weekends. Haunted wagon rides weekends in October. Free; pay per attraction.
Tom and Zach’s Pumpkin Patch: 15725 W Bruce Road, Lockport. (815) 838-6816. firstname.lastname@example.org. Open after school and on weekends to Oct. 31. This no-frills, pick-your-own pumpkin patch has nothing but pumpkins priced from $1 to $6.
Windy Acres: 37W446 Fabyan Parkway, Geneva. (630) 232-6429. windyacresfarmstand.com. Open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily Oct. 1 to 31. Pick-your-own pumpkins, fall decorations, concession stands, face painting, corn maze, two-acre petting zoo, four moon walks including slide and obstacle course, hayrides, haystack, hay tunnels, play tent, kiddie haunted house and Halloween shop.